Wow. This is either a turning point for the Republican Party – or a death knell for Romney’s Presidential campaign, barely 24 hours old…
Speaking in New Hampshire, home of the most important primary voters in the nation, Romney said the following:
“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.
“It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
Needless to say, this is a major break with Republican orthodoxy of the past few years. In last year’s midterm elections, every single senate candidate was a climate denier, as were nearly every candidate for Congress.
So: Is this a bold maneuver, or an unforced error (like the ones that are sinking Newt Gingrich)?
Romney may be taking a calculated risk – his middle-of-the-road record as Governor of Massachusetts may have already doomed him with the hard-core Tea-Party wing of the party anyway. By taking a firm stand for reality (and so far this is just two sentences at one town hall – there’s nothing about global warming on his campaign web page), he may impress the center-right enough to solidify their vote.
The only question – how many moderates are left in the Republican primary electorate?
Either way, this is good news to those of us on the side of truth, justice, the American way of life, and reality.
(via Balloon Juice)
More on the GOP and climate denial:
- Newt screwed the pooch
- Newt Gingrich: Eliminate the EPA
- This is Your Newt Gingrich (VIDEO)
- Odd Couples for Climate Change
- GOP Votes to Repeal Climate Science